Manila -The search for the 38- year old Filipino worker who was reported to be missing in Louisiana is still on going, the Philippine embassy in Washington stated Tuesday.
The embassy said through its Twitter account that the US Coast Guard continues its search and rescue operations for the missing Filipino welder who was knocked off from an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday evening US time.
“”US Coast Guard tells Embassy Welfare Officer Saul de Vries that search and rescue operations for (the) 38-year-old Filipino worker (are) still ongoing,” the post read.
The embassy further stated that the US Coast Guard has two cutters, two airplanes, two helicopters and six civilian offshore supply vessels involved in the search.
The Philippine embassy also said that they, as well as the Philippine Consulate in Chicago, continue to coordinate with US authorities regarding this matter.
Though the embassy has not named the missing Filipino welder yet, Petty Officer Carlos Vega of US Coast Guard has already identified the said worker as Peter Voces.
According to Vega, Voces was working for Offshore Specialty Fabricators LLC of Houma.
Initial reports cited that the accident happened Sunday evening when Voces was knocked off an oil rig by an empty “tank barrel” 200 miles south of Freshman Bayou, between Lake Charles and Baton Rouge.
The US Coast Guard has not identified yet where exactly in the Philippines Voces comes from. (Mary Sharmaine I. Gabornes, ABCom/LNU)